Julia Chaskalson

Communications Officer

I am a communications officer, and I started at SECTION27 at the beginning of February in 2020.

I work to communicate SECTION27’s health and education campaigns, specifically focusing on the National School Nutrition Programme, sanitation and school safety, access to medicines, sexual and reproductive health rights and budget justice advocacy. I assist with writing, research, media work and social media.

I stick around because it’s very inspiring to be part of an organisation that gives meaning to the ideals of the Constitution, and to be part of a team driven by such powerful women.

I have a Masters Degree in Development Studies from Wits, focusing on basic education’s role in furthering adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. I have freelanced as a journalist, writer, historian and researcher for various organisations focusing on constitutionalism and basic education policy.

 

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Despite some promising developments, the 2021 budget reduces real term funding to basic education and healthcare sectors in the medium term.

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Media Release: Basic Rights of blind and partially sighted people violated by Government Blind and partially sighted people’s basic human…

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We are also dying here - stop blocking access!

Save lives now: support the Covid-19 TRIPS Waiver! South African Civil Society organisations call on countries blocking the proposal at the WTO to change their vote.

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27 January 2021 Joint media statement: Minister Motshekga, don’t let child hunger continue! Honour the spirit of the court judgment…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A - vaccine literacy cards EnglishisiZuluseSotho isiXhosa Here we answer some frequently asked questions about the Covid-19 Vaccine.…

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SECTION27 calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all. COVID-19 vaccines, which have been developed using public money and…

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Women in social justice - Umunyana Rugege

SECTION27's Executive Director, Umunyana Rugege, on the work of our organisation, her role and her thoughts on advancing social justice.

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School Meals Now! #9millionmeals

3 November 2020 Joint media statement: New Equaliser survey shows there are still problems with getting food to learners who…

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The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement’s outlook for the healthcare system 3 November 2020 - The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)…

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Johannesburg: 5 February 2021 The supply of safe and effective vaccines for all is being artificially rationed because of the…

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Dear Friends of SECTION27 What a year this has been! Our team has been busier than ever – we put…

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Johannesburg 30 November 2020: Today, the HIV Policy Lab, a collaboration among academics, United Nations and civil society partners from…

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Close to a year ago, the family of Michael Komape - a five-year-old learner, who fell into a pit toilet…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important it is to invest in social programmes. Many of South Africa’s public services,…

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29 October 2020 Joint MTBPS media statement: No new money for schools, but SAA’s rescue plan equals almost a year’s…

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Fix the Patent Laws Coalition supports South Africa and India’s proposal to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines 15 October 2020,…

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Joint statement: Survey of Equalisers shows that most learners who are only in classrooms on certain days are not getting…

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SECTION27 welcomes its new board members Prof Eddie Mhlanga, Prof Ann Skelton, Justice Johan Froneman and Shaeera Kalla.

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Protesting for #9MillionMeals on Grayston Bridge, Johannesburg

8 September 2020 Joint statement: As the rollout of school meals continues to improve, education departments must ensure that learners…

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SECTION27's Week Ahead: 31 August - 4 September 2020 "Fighting the good fights starts with foregrounding values that matter and…

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This guide details, step by step, what to do at the hospital, the police station, the court or school to report sexual abuse and get justice. 

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